Los Angeles: Reality TV star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West have sparked a security investigation after being allowed to skip a key checkpoint while rushing to catch a connecting flight.
The couple was escorted past a key checkpoint in the New York airport by an airline greeter, in what has been called a major security violation, while rushing to catch a connecting flight to Los Angeles after arriving from Rio de Janeiro, reported TMZ online.
A spokesperson for American Airlines said, "This was a lapse in judgement by one of our employees. We`re working closely with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and speaking to the individuals involved to better understand what happened."
Kim and her boyfriend of almost a year were partially to blame for their onward flight to Los Angeles being delayed by 50 minutes because of the incident.
The couple was initially allowed to board their plane and take their seats on the flight but were soon pulled off and forced to go through another security checkpoint after staff noticed they had been ushered past the previous one.
TSA agents allegedly screened the couple before being allowed to re-board the flight.
A spokesperson for the TSA insisted the high profile couple, who are expecting their first child in June, were not to blame for the security breach.